The Life of a Craft Designer: Unboxing New Product

Iridescent Gelatos

One of the best things about being a professional craft designer is that I get to work with the latest products my clients release. I'm currently on the design team for Faber Castell's Design Memory Craft blog and just a received a package of new product! One of which is their new Iridescent Gelatos! These are super- shiny colors that reflect light.

In celebration of my new craft supplies, I thought I would share my process of working with new products for my business. When I get new colors (in whatever medium) I typically make myself a palette that shows how the colors look out of the package and in use. This really helps me when I'm brainstorming projects or even just want to paint something in my sketchbook. Since I was breaking in my new set of Gelatos, I thought I would make a video of my process in case you wanted to see what a day in my studio looks like when new products arrive. It's in three parts. I hope you enjoy it!

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:





Studio Diary: January

Sketchbook watercolor by Laura Bray::

At the beginning of January I wrote about my resolution to make time EVERY SINGLE DAY to work in my studio. Not to work on client projects, not even to work on artwork I will turn into products. Just time to get in my studio and make art. Today, I thought I would share withContinue Reading

Watercolor Hearts Valentine’s Day Printable

Beauty Shot of Cards

Just wanted to pop in quickly and give you a little gift today! How about some sweet and colorful watercolor valentines? It's a free valentine printable, from me to you, because the world needs a little extra love today. Print them out, cut them out, and spread the love. Happy Valentine's Day! Click here toContinue Reading

Saving the Environment One Glass at a Time

Mug Rug Beauty Shot with Watermark

Disclaimer: I received compensation and/or free product in exchange for creating and posting this project. The project and opinions are mine. One of our goals as a family is to reduce our water use and that means keeping our dirty dishes under control. On the flip side, we also don't want to overload landfills withContinue Reading

Guest Designers Wanted!

Bird and Tea

I'm super excited to announce that I will be releasing my new stamp line in March 2017! Do you rubber stamp? Are you a mixed media artist? A creative lifestyle blogger? I'm looking for a few talented artists and crafters to help me spread the word about my stamp designs. I'm not creating a designContinue Reading

Homemade Valentines

Homemade Valentines with

(You can get the tutorial for the lovely valentines shown above here.) My daughter is in middle school this year and her school doesn't have a Valentine's Day party. So sad! It will be the first year since she was four that we haven't made valentines for her classmates. It's the end of an era.Continue Reading


Our view

Date Stamp: Monday, January 9, 2017 This is my first winter in the Pacific Northwest and, apparently, it is a record-breaking year for snowfall, cold temperatures, and freezing rain. You would think a California girl would be out of her element, but actually, I'm enjoying it immensely. Don't hold me to this in March, butContinue Reading

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Cinnamon Roll Recipe on

Cinnamon rolls are holiday tradition around here. I used to make them for Christmas Day, but they have recently migrated to New Year's. I make the dough the night before and let it slow-rise in the fridge, that way, there's not as much waiting for them in the morning. I typically use The Pioneer Woman'sContinue Reading

My Favorite Craft Projects of 2016

Best of 2016

In my Top Blog Posts of 2016, I shared the most popular posts on my blog (at least popular per Google Analytics!). Today, I want to round-up my favorite projects for the year. Cheater Chopsticks DIY French Press Cozy Tween Memo Board Clothesline Bowls Were any of these your favorite too? Did you make anyContinue Reading

Studio Dairy: Day 3

Color Wheel Reference

One of my new year's resolutions for 2017 is to make more art. Typically, I have every intention of marching myself into my studio and being creative. But then I get on the computer and waste TONS of time (all in the name of "working" of course!). The thing is, all that online work isn'tContinue Reading